8 Secrets to a Dust-Free Bedroom
No matter how hard we clean, dust always comes back. Hands down, the worst place to let it accumulate is your bedroom. Breathing in dust mites and allergens for eight straight hours a night? No thanks! Luckily, there are ways to reduce dust in your bedroom and remove it more effectively. Fighting dust is a battle that you can win!
1. Wash Pillowcases and Sheets Weekly
If you’re only going to do one thing to reduce dust in your bedroom, do this. Wash your pillows and bed linens once a week. Tip: To completely eradicate dust mites, wash your sheets at 130 degrees or higher.
2. Decrease Surface Area
The fewer surfaces you have in your bedroom, the fewer places dust has a chance to collect. Go minimalist with your bedroom décor by clearing away knickknacks, decorations and furniture that aren’t serving a clear purpose.
3. Keep Your Floors Clear
No matter how seriously you take step number two, you can’t remove your floor, but dust will accumulate there. Be diligent about keeping your clothes off of the floor and vacuum regularly. If you have rugs, make a habit of taking them outside and beating them with a broom or an old tennis racket once a month.
4. Clean With a Damp Cloth
Dusting with a dry microfiber cloth is a great start, but if you really want to remove dust from all surfaces, dampen the cloth. Surface-clean your bedroom once a week with the damp cloth, including all wood or metal furniture. Tip: Don’t forget about windowsills!
5. Rearrange Your Furniture
Take a quick survey of the furniture in your bedroom. Is any of it upholstered? If it is, consider removing it or swapping it out with another piece of furniture in your home. Dust mites love heavy fabric and upholstery.
6. Organize Your Closet
It doesn’t matter if your bedroom closet is full of clothes, bedding or towels – they all collect dust. Box or bag items and place them on shelves that are easy to reach and easy to clean. We recommend clear plastic containers for items like seasonal clothing, because they lock out dust and can be wiped down in a matter of minutes.
7. Keep Shoes Away
Not only do shoes track in dirt from outside, they also track in allergens – in other words, dust. Create a household shoe policy to keep shoes out of the bedroom. Tip: Store them on a shoe rack or in baskets next to your front door, instead.
8. Store Pet Stuff Elsewhere
Keep your pet’s toys, bedding and other belongings in a separate area of your home to avoid pet dander from coming into contact with your bed. If you must have your pet sleep in the same room as you, you can reduce pet dander by routinely washing your pet’s bed. Get more cleaning and organizing tips at BrightNest: http://bit.ly/BrightNest
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